Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
 If you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, you need to try these! 

I signed up to bake something at a bake sale at work and I wanted to try something different.  I usually make chocolate chip cookies but others had already signed up to make those. I had an idea…what about mint chocolate chip cupcake?  I used a box mix for the chocolate cake and added some chocolate chips to them before baking.  The icing was super simple…mint flavored butter cream icing with chopped up chocolate chips. 
I made the cake according to the directions on the box.  I usually like to make chocolate cake from scratch with the recipe on the back of Hershey’s Cocoa power (sooo good and so easy) but I just used the box to make it easier.
I sprinkled chocolate chips on top.
Once these were cool, I worked on the icing.  I found a package of mint flavor that you just mix into any frosting you want to make (I made a butter cream). 
This tasted good, but I wanted to add a little something…chopped up chocolate chips (YUM)!

I piped the icing onto the cooled cupcake.  I didn’t have a pastry bag so I scooped the icing into a Ziploc bag and cut off a corner.  Once they were decorated with the icing, I added a few chocolate chips on the top just to make them look pretty!
Here is the butter cream icing I made.  So simple yet so good.
Buttercream Icing:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered until ready to decorate.               
Now onto my next creation….Lemon Raspberry Mini Cupcakes!
~Posted by Leanne